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Reduced Chinese participation irks ITPO officials

Only 25 companies are partaking in the trade fair this year compared to 50 in 2010

Strange enough, first, there were no foreign partners this year for the 31st India International Trade Fair (IITF), and now, the number of Chinese participants has also dipped this year. According to the officials from India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), this year, only 25 companies from China have participated in IITF, while, last year, there were 50 participant companies from there.

"We are really sad to find that the number of companies participating from China have almost halved this year as compared to last year. Last year, there were 50 companies from China, but this year it's only 25," said P C Sharma, general manager, ITPO.

Not for general public
Interestingly, out of the 25 companies, few of them will also stop selling their electrical and other appliances when the fair opens for general public. Many of them are only for business visitors. "We will not be open for the general public. Our company has only come for the business visitors. Last year, we saw that the sales dipped at the time of general public," said Ken fui Yung, one of the stall owners at the Chinese pavilion.

Also, there is a huge communication problem between the Chinese entrepreneurs and other business visitors.
"We are trying to make them understand what are we asking for, but is it really difficult to communicate with them. There is no translator who can help us," said Shekhar Kumar, one of the visitors at IITF.

At a loss for words
Meanwhile, the ITPO officials remain clueless about the reason of less number of companies participating in the fair. "It is difficult for us to say anything about it. We will talk to them and try to find out the reason why they have not participated this year," said Sharma.

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